Tours of Tuscany

Tours of Tuscany
Join this small group tour and immerse yourself in the current of sensation for a week of food, wine and culture in Tuscany.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Viale Canova

Lorenzo Spezzamonte and Massimo Bortolazzo have brought authentic Italian cuisine all the way from Venice to Brisbane, Australia.

Arriving in 2002 Lorenzo and Massimo have together created a unique fine dining experience. Some of you may have had the pleasure of tasting Lorenzo's fresh pasta, made every day.

"Viale Canova" is set to score full marks, not only for the food, but also for the friendly service and special atmosphere. The candlelit restaurant has an intimate and homely feel, similar to a family dining room, with beautiful artwork on its walls supplied by Oriel Gallery.

Soft music plays in the background. There may be a harpist, there may be a Carnivale, a fashion show or a masked evening - you never know what will happen next, but keep in touch to find out what special events are taking place.

This small Italian Restaurant, tucked away on Sandgate Road in Clayfield, is a gorgeous feast for all the senses. Opening just more than two years ago by two Italians hailing from a little town called Borso del Grappa, Viale Canova has quickly established a name for itself among gourmands and food critics. The atmosphere in the restaurant is extravagant yet homely, with tasteful works of art gracing the walls, soft candlelight and chandeliers. The service is exceptionally friendly without being stifling.

The creations in the kitchen are care of chef Lorenzo, who uses his extensive experience in the fine food arena to create traditional Italian dishes using quality Australian produce. Bread to start is mandatory and exquisite – nothing beats a freshly baked loaf, especially when it is topped with moist bocconcini, tomato and oregano. Next the sliced baked rabbit topped with truffle sauce is robust and delicious, while the homemade fettuccine with Moreton

Bay bugs and Italian porcini mushrooms in a white wine sauce completes the meal. Lorenzo is famed for his selection of risottos and pastas, but the menu also boasts a variety of meat and fish dishes.

Headed by chef Lorenzo Spezzamonte, the food is rich and authentic, with only the freshest of ingredients used and everything prepared on site that day. The service is also authentically Italian, with business partner Massimo Bortolazzo, who hails from the north of Italy, in charge of the front of house.

The restaurant is divided into two. Inside, the look is classical with pale floor tiles, white and red walls, high-backed wooden chairs and plenty of modern art. A small courtyard out the back offers candlelit, white-clothed tables with elegant wrought-iron chairs.

Viale Canova, 4/828 Sandgate Rd, Clayfield, ph: 3256 1901.

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